"Man's best friend." Whether they're bounding along beside us in the paddock or accompanying us into town, dogs are faithful friends. But for those who live in the country, they take on a special significance. When human companionship is scarce, dogs are loyal friends. When drought, fire or flood strikes, they're there to comfort us. And they work hard too. For many Australians, a home without dogs is no home at all. From the experts in beautiful rural living at Country Style magazine comes Country Dogs, a book brimming with picture perfect pups and the homes in which they live. From Scout the Jack Russell, who patrols the 13 bedrooms of a 160-year-old bluestone homestead in western Victoria, to kelpie Flash, who works sheep in central west NSW, to Booma, the wolfhound-Smithfield cross who keeps his teenage owner company on the farm in Goondiwindi, Queensland, these country dogs will warm your heart and lift your spirits.